Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Brrr! It's Dang Cold

Ohio is, like a lot of the country, freaking cold right now. My favorite thing to do when school is cancelled and I don't have to run the boy around is to just sit in a blanket and watch tv and color. So that's what I did this week. I bought some adorable digis I've had my eye on from Vera Lane. Her Wizard of Oz women are so fun and she has some little kids all bundled up for the weather that remind me of my sisters and me.

Here's one that I finished. She looks pretty toasty, don't you think? I used Prismacolor pencils...thinking about smoothing out the lines with gamsol, but I probably won't...because I'd have to go to the scrap store when it's coooolllddd to get some!



Thought I'd share a peek of a couple more stamps over at Vera Lane Studio. Not affiliated, just love her style.



What do you think? Dogs and hats...fun, amirite?

What's the best thing to eat on a cold day? Soup, of course! Here's a soup recipe that's very close to my mom's (and my) Chicken Noodle Soup. It comes from Smitten Kitchen and doesn't this pic look fantastic? We use skinny noodles in our soup too, usually homemade but the dried Amish noodles in the store work too. 

Instead of the thyme and bay leaf and red pepper flakes in this recipe, we use parsley and paprika...a nod to my mom's Hungarian parents. We put paprika in lots of stuff. And since this recipe uses red pepper flakes, I feel like it'd be similar in taste. Don't skip the tomato paste, it's just enough to deepen the flavor of the broth. Add a hunk of freshly baked bread and a cupcake, and you've got my favorite meal right there!



Don't forget! You have until the 19th to enter my Sticker Day giveaway here!


Happy Wednesday!
Chark





Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Day

If you're looking for the giveaway, check this post here!


Happy Martin Luther King Day! I've always felt a kinship with Dr. King since I found out he was killed the month I was born...25 days apart. I'm not sure why that made an impact on me, except to say it gave me some context of when he lived and what was happening when I was born.



I think this quote is perfect for our times right now...almost 50 years (in April) since his death. If more people in the world would just do what is right and move on from ennui, fear, hubris and the need for power, I think we'd all be a little bit better off. As I understand it, Dr. King himself was unfaithful to his wife...which means that he should have listened more to himself I guess. It also means that we don't have to be perfect to make a difference. We don't have to be saintly to motivate others, to speak out and speak up, to fight injustice. Dr. King became a voice for a whole nation, calling for change and loving our enemies, being brave and speaking up for what is right. I think we could use a little more of this today. The "other" we see is more like us than they are different and I try to remember this if I ever find myself judging people. Because we are all just people trying to live on this planet and find love and acceptance. 

And I'll see you back here on Wednesday with crafty stuff. 

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, January 12, 2018

National Sticker Day

So tomorrow is National Sticker Day and since I love a good sticker for cardmaking or scrapbooking (Thickers rock!), I thought we should celebrate it here on the blog. Here's a little history of stickers for ya!

"European merchants in the 1880’s were some of the first to stick labels to their products, in an effort to promote their goods and wares to passers by. Using gum paste to get the labels to adhere and stick: hence “stickers.” By the 1900’s a sticker-specific paste had been developed and was widely used, most notably on stamps, which dried and then would re-apply when moistened."
from Days of the Year.com

At one Stamping Convention, I found Dazzles line stickers that you can use on your projects to highlight them. This card from 2015 shows gold lines, gold corners and the gold sentiment sticker on one card. I'd never seen them before, but I had to get some. 





To celebrate National Sticker Day, let's do a sticker giveaway! 

If you want these Prima Julia Nutting word stickers and a sheet of Zella Teal stickers that come from Prima and a sheet of Milk and Cookies stickers from Doodlebug Design, just follow me on social media! You can click on any of the top three icons in the sidebar to follow my blog in Google +, follow my Instagram chark99 or follow me @charkpins on Pinterest. Let me know in the comments below which one you chose and if you do all three, you get three chances to win! 

Open to both U.S. and international friends! Follow and comment by January 19th (next Friday) at 11:59 pm Eastern time. And I'll announce on Monday, January 22 on the blog. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!





Happy Friday!
Chark





Thursday, January 11, 2018

Skylines and Oxides

I love the look of silhouette stamps and I got a chance to work with a Hero Arts digi kit that includes a cityscape silhouette...so of course that's the stamp I used first!



It's up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today with more details, hope you'll stop by and say hi!

Here's a peek at one of them!


Happy Thursday!
Chark

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bunnies from Santa

Yeah, I know the holidays are over and it's back to school and work and all that, but I have one last Christmas card to share. It uses an adorable stamp from Lily of the Valley Stamps that I got for free from Kit and Clowder on Facebook. It's a great group with coloring classes and lots of support and freebies. 

I just love the lines for this digi stamp...they make the bunnies so elegant looking and still adorable.


I used glitter paper cut in half diagonally just for fun. I could've put a different color paper in the center, but I went with white. I used Prismacolor pencils as usual. 

Next Up: No more Christmas cards! 

Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, January 5, 2018

Penguins Get Cold Too

This cutie penguin image is from Bugaboo Stamps and I love that the penguins are all dressed for winter. Here in Ohio, it's definitely bundling up weather! This was a freebie through Kit and Clowder, but I'll let you in on a little secret—Bugaboo has freebies on their site!


Here's a little close-up. I printed this on a coated paper and used Tombow markers on it. It doesn't blend well, but I love how soft the colors come out when they don't sink into the paper. I wrote the sentiment and drew snowflakes with a black fineline copic and white uniball pen.


Happy Friday!
Chark